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  • Individual Author: Chaplin, Shane S.
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2012

    Over the last few decades, increasing rates of single mother households in the United States have triggered a national alarm over the effects of father absence on society. Father absence has been linked specifically to many of the problems plaguing black communities in the United States (e.g. poverty, low educational attainment, etc.) and as a result community and political leaders alike have consistently promoted responsible fatherhood practices as a way to address them. Although responsible fatherhood has received, in this context, a considerable amount of social attention, this attention has come intertwined with considerable political and moral rhetoric at all levels, making an idea invested with a wide variety of often-conflicting meanings and interests.

    Given the paucity of academic studies giving voice to black fathers at the metaphoric "front line" of the national responsible fatherhood effort, this author used a variation of The Listening Guide (Gilligan 2003) to capture the narratives of four black fathers volunteering in a local responsible fatherhood program....

    Over the last few decades, increasing rates of single mother households in the United States have triggered a national alarm over the effects of father absence on society. Father absence has been linked specifically to many of the problems plaguing black communities in the United States (e.g. poverty, low educational attainment, etc.) and as a result community and political leaders alike have consistently promoted responsible fatherhood practices as a way to address them. Although responsible fatherhood has received, in this context, a considerable amount of social attention, this attention has come intertwined with considerable political and moral rhetoric at all levels, making an idea invested with a wide variety of often-conflicting meanings and interests.

    Given the paucity of academic studies giving voice to black fathers at the metaphoric "front line" of the national responsible fatherhood effort, this author used a variation of The Listening Guide (Gilligan 2003) to capture the narratives of four black fathers volunteering in a local responsible fatherhood program. Critical Social Representations Theory was used to frame the interaction between participants and the social contexts within which they are embedded, paying particular attention to participants' positioning in regard to social representations of race and gender. The widely different understandings of fatherhood present within the results point to fatherhood as a highly dynamic concept. Responsibility, on the other hand, was understood primarily as father presence, a middle class ideal that I argue is problematic given the realities of poor black fathers. Finally, all fathers tended to resist ideas of race as essence, even if in regard to gender all fathers adopted hegemonic positions endorsing views of gender difference as essential and as grounded in biology. Overall, results reveal complex portrayals of black fathers and their lives in communities where race, poverty, incarceration, drugs, violence, or family court all pose additional challenges to responsible fatherhood. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Moffett, Erin
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2016

    Childhood obesity is a serious crisis in the United States and is disproportionately affecting minorities. Compared to only 28.5% of white adolescents, 38.9% of Hispanic adolescents are overweight or obese indicating a need for immediate action. As parents are the primary decision makers of their children’s dietary intakes, it is necessary to understand what food choices parents are making for themselves and their children and what factors are influencing this relationship. As part of a larger cross-sectional study, this investigation aimed to understand the dietary intakes of 31 Hispanic mother-child dyads in Southern Chester County Pennsylvania. Twenty-four hour dietary recalls were used to measure dietary intakes among the population and bivariate analysis and regression modeling methods were used to assess the relationship between mother and child diet. The dietary intakes and mother-child diet similarity were then examined with respect to acculturation, food security, and participation in food assistance programs. Consistent with previous findings, Hispanic children and...

    Childhood obesity is a serious crisis in the United States and is disproportionately affecting minorities. Compared to only 28.5% of white adolescents, 38.9% of Hispanic adolescents are overweight or obese indicating a need for immediate action. As parents are the primary decision makers of their children’s dietary intakes, it is necessary to understand what food choices parents are making for themselves and their children and what factors are influencing this relationship. As part of a larger cross-sectional study, this investigation aimed to understand the dietary intakes of 31 Hispanic mother-child dyads in Southern Chester County Pennsylvania. Twenty-four hour dietary recalls were used to measure dietary intakes among the population and bivariate analysis and regression modeling methods were used to assess the relationship between mother and child diet. The dietary intakes and mother-child diet similarity were then examined with respect to acculturation, food security, and participation in food assistance programs. Consistent with previous findings, Hispanic children and women were not meeting most recommended dietary intakes and are experiencing high rates of overweight and obesity, with 42% of children and 81% of mothers in this sample classified as overweight or obese. Overall, our study found that the diets of the mothers had minimal modeling effects on the diets of their children (majority of p > 0.05), and that the diets of the children were mainly constrained by food availability. Future interventions should focus on increasing access and availability of healthy foods to low income and immigrant families. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Hall, Crystal Celestine
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2008

    In three parts, I explore factors contributing to the behavior of low-income individuals. Specifically, I have identified issues relating to trust, mental accounting and self-affirmation. First, in Studies 1-3, I explore the extent to which concerns of trust drive preferences for financial contracts of low-income individuals versus the wealthy. In a nutshell, I find that when selecting among contracts for buying or selling a good or service, low-income respondents (relative to the more wealthy) appear to weigh the perceived trustworthiness of the contract partner more heavily (as opposed to focusing on the financial terms of the contract). In addition, I explore self-reported rationales for these choices and general notions of trustworthiness among low and high-income groups.

    Studies 4-5 show that low-income individuals do not reliably replicate a well-established finding regarding savings preference. Specifically, when considering spending time to travel in order to save a certain amount of money, low-income participants do not consistently show a preference for savings...

    In three parts, I explore factors contributing to the behavior of low-income individuals. Specifically, I have identified issues relating to trust, mental accounting and self-affirmation. First, in Studies 1-3, I explore the extent to which concerns of trust drive preferences for financial contracts of low-income individuals versus the wealthy. In a nutshell, I find that when selecting among contracts for buying or selling a good or service, low-income respondents (relative to the more wealthy) appear to weigh the perceived trustworthiness of the contract partner more heavily (as opposed to focusing on the financial terms of the contract). In addition, I explore self-reported rationales for these choices and general notions of trustworthiness among low and high-income groups.

    Studies 4-5 show that low-income individuals do not reliably replicate a well-established finding regarding savings preference. Specifically, when considering spending time to travel in order to save a certain amount of money, low-income participants do not consistently show a preference for savings on proportionally larger sums of money (as has been previously demonstrated in this literature). Instead, they seem to focus more on absolute amounts of savings.

    In Study 6, I use a self-affirmation intervention on a group of low-income individuals. Self-affirmation theory is based on the general premise that individuals are motivated to protect their perceived sense of self-worth. When used as a behavioral intervention, affirmation has been shown to attenuate or eliminate the effects of a host of psychological phenomena, including those related to stereotype threat. After random assignment to either a self-affirmation or neutral condition, participants' interest in a financial benefits program is measured. Individuals who have been affirmed show a greater likelihood of accepting information about the Earned Income Tax Credit program.

    In sum, I argue that there are subtle differences in what features low versus high-income groups focus on. Generalizing from the findings of high-income individuals causes these nuances to be overlooked. From a practical standpoint, a better understanding of the nuanced differences between low and high-income decision makers can facilitate the development of more efficient policies and programs targeted at lower income populations. (author abstract)